House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) faces off with ranking member Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) after former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner once again refused to answer questions at a congressional hearing. (The Washington Post)

A congressional hearing on the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting controversy quickly turned into a tense affair Wednesday as former IRS official Lois Lerner declined to testify, and a top Republican adjourned the meeting without input from Democrats.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) asked Lerner a series of questions about her role in developing the IRS’s problematic screening methods for nonprofit groups, but Lerner refused to answer.

“On the advice of my counsel, I respectfully exercise my Fifth Amendment right and decline to answer that question,” the former official said repeatedly.

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